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Taking cue from the much acclaimed and popular TV programme, Satyamev Jayate, the Rotary Club that has been formed by the students of University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) launched the campaign 'Say No Till 27' to fight the rampant problems of alcoholism and substance abuse.
After flagging off the campaign, Vijay Simha, who participated in the Satyamev Jayate episode addressed the issue of alcoholism. He informed
students about the reasons and circumstances that lead to addiction. Quoting from his own experiences- what made him take to alcohol and substance abuse and how he recovered from the malady, warned them how to battle this social evil.
During the interactive session, he got the young college students to open up and share their perceptions and doubts on this grave social problem.
He told them that through various studies it has been established that the human brain is adapting to change till 26 years. He also appreciated the Rotract Club of UPES for their initiative and was confident that with such participation of the generation next, the campaign would soon ignite the minds of the youth not only in Dehradun but across the State and country and our society would get rid of the evil of addiction.
While addressing the gathering, Dr SJ Chopra, chancellor, UPES said, "Today's younger generation is more prone to the ill effects of addiction as these stuff are more easily available besides easy money with the students. Thus they have to be over cautious and not become a prey. Some students of UPES have come together to form a drama group 'Exhilaration'.
The group presented an emotionally impressive play depicting how and why one becomes a victim of addiction and ruins his life. Dr Mandira Agarwal, associate professor, Rotary Club Dehradun (West) members and 200 students of UPES were also present on the occasion.


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